An alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba commander who directed terrorists in the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai by satellite phone and taught them Hindi before they were sent on their mission was arrested by the Delhi Police four days ago.
The police are tightlipped about why they didn’t disclose the arrest earlier.
Zaibuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, 36, who has about two dozen aliases, was arrested at the IGI airport after being flown from Saudi Arabia, the police said. A Mumbai court on Monday issued a production warrant against him and a Mumbai Police team is to arrive in Delhi to seek his custody. But the Delhi Police intend to seek Jundal's custody for 15 more days after July 5 that a Delhi court has granted them.
Jundal evaded arrest by the Mumbai Police when an arms consignment was seized in Aurangabad in 2006 and fled to Pakistan.
Believed to be a close aide of the Lashkar's military chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Jundal was under surveillance in Saudi Arabia, where he is alleged to have been 'scouting for talent' for the Pakistan-based terror outfit.
Hailing from Maharashtra's Beed district, Jundal taught Hindi to 10 Lashkar terrorists, including Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone survivor of the group that carried out the 26/11 Mumbai attacks that left 166 people dead and 238 injured.
Jundal along with five others was in the 'control room' set up in Karachi and was heard instructing the terrorists in their gunfights with NSG commandos at Nariman House, officials associated with the probe said.
They added that Jundal had told the Lashkar terrorists to convey to the media that the "attack was a trailer and the entire movie was yet to come".
Kasab also stated in a special court in Mumbai that a person by the name of Abu Jundal had tutored 10 terrorists on how to speak Hindi.